Fifteen years ago a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came to the N64. It was very different, it was much darker, and it was either one of the most beloved or most hated entries in the Zelda franchise. Majora’s Mask was a game that had a lot of problems. The game starts by dropping you into the game without much explanation as to how things work. The 72-hour countdown to the end of the world was the cause of a lot of stress and dislike in the game. The recent release of Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 3DS has improved a lot of what hurt the original game. First thing to notice is, like the 3DS version of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask has been revamped visually from the ground up. New animations and textures add to the world of Termina and having the game play at 60 frames per second make the gameplay far smoother. Another much welcomed change to the game is the save system. Previously having to save only when you reset the count down with the Song of Time, now getting the privilege to save at the Owl statues located throughout the world. The Bombers book that helps the player has added features like an alarm clock to remind you of time specific events and the Song of Double Time lets you go to a specific hour in that particular game. If you are playing on the New Nintendo 3DS you will be able to unlock the camera with the c-stick, this can also be done if you have the circle pad pro for the original 3DS. Fixes to some of the masks also improve on the game. The Deku Mask now adds a root to Link’s hat during the spin attack and a reticle is added to the Bubble attack making aiming easier. The Goron Mask attacks faster and the Zora mask now swims slower making tight underwater swimming much better.
While The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask will always be the oddball to the franchise. Nintendo has done a great job at fixing the games problems and making this game relevant to any 3DS owner. All the fixes have made playing through this game a lot more fun, though the stress of time constraints and time management can hinder some of the experience. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask now deserves the attention and is available at retail or digital